Minister tells photographers to go away during wedding!

Minister tells photographers to go away during wedding!

21 posts
20 Sep 2013
dominicdgt
Photographer
dominicdgt
Sorry its a dead link but worth a look.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_3840994815&feature=iv&src_vid=K3-03to7L2A&v=oReLN5nntKw

Posted 20 Sep 2013
photostore
Photographer
photostore
I guess they did not ask beforehand ? the wedding couple and the photographers should have had that sorted long before this happened.

Posted 20 Sep 2013
tonycsm
Photographer
tonycsm
photostore

I guess they did not ask beforehand ? the wedding couple and the photographers should have had that sorted long before this happened.


Absolutely!

Some vicars/ministers don't mind photographers recording the service at close quarters but others only allow photography from the back of the church etc, some won't allow any flash in a church ...the thing is that it should have been discussed and cleared with the person conducting the ceremony long before it ever got to that stage!

Surely they had a rehearsal of ceremony beforehand?


Posted 20 Sep 2013
frankpht
Photographer
frankpht
I agree entirely with the priest. The clatter of shutters going off is annoying to say the least. He is right it is a very solemn moment. I doubt the couple have had a chat with the priest and laid out the photography plans so they are at fault.
Not a religious person myself but it is good to see someone standing by their convictions.

Posted 20 Sep 2013
dominicdgt
Photographer
dominicdgt
The Groom looks shocked though, and it looks like the priest is talking to the guy firing away to the left but then realises there's another camera behind him so included him too! There's a camera down the end too so maybe the event was too saturated in the priests eyes! The noise of the shutter was annoying!

Posted 20 Sep 2013
I have to admit I would be pretty pissed off if the person conducting my wedding confronted a photographer in the middle of the ceremony.

I think its fair that churches etc have their own rules - be it no flash photography/ no photography or they have to stay in a certain place.

Surely a minister would be "used" to photography going on at a wedding ceremony? I'm not religious but I wouldn't have thought shooting an outdoor wedding would have been enough of an issue for him to stop the wedding and make a scene. Hopefully though that particular minister now makes a note to tell couples that photography is not allowed so the couples can go elsewhere.



Posted 20 Sep 2013
Spike
Photographer
Spike
I learnt long ago always check with the minister. Even found the same church had different rules on the same day depending on the minister presiding over the service.(In the days when you stopped shoooting after the faked cake shot at the reception & could shoot 3 weddings on a Saturday) Was a guest at a wedding where the tog was snapping away throughout the service with the focus confirmation bleep on, much to the annoyance of everyone, I quietly suggested he should turn the bleep off & was told he wouldn't know if it was in focus without the bleep. I heard from the bride & groom later that they hadn't been impressed with the finished result.
Posted 20 Sep 2013
gedimage
Photographer
gedimage
The photographer should talk to the ministers before to understand whats allowed

i had one vicar tell me hed give me a time limit afterwards each time i shot their i check and so never had a problem.

Posted 20 Sep 2013
w4pictures
Photographer
w4pictures
Chrissie_Red

I have to admit I would be pretty pissed off if the person conducting my wedding confronted a photographer in the middle of the ceremony. I think its fair that churches etc have their own rules - be it no flash photography/ no photography or they have to stay in a certain place. Surely a minister would be "used" to photography going on at a wedding ceremony? I'm not religious but I wouldn't have thought shooting an outdoor wedding would have been enough of an issue for him to stop the wedding and make a scene. Hopefully though that particular minister now makes a note to tell couples that photography is not allowed so the couples can go elsewhere.


Why? its a religious service just like a communion. Would you expect a photographer to wander into a church on a Sunday morning and leap around like Tigger flashing and clacking? its an increasing problem for any celebrant dealing with photographers treating a wedding like a studio shoot.  They are there to get married, not to feed the photographer with photos. Horse/cart. If the vicar says "no photos during the service", that's that. Its not sour grapes, its born from the experience of the many, many turdwits who don't know how to behave.
Posted 20 Sep 2013
w4pictures

Why? its a religious service just like a communion. Would you expect a photographer to wander into a church on a Sunday morning and leap around like Tigger flashing and clacking? its an increasing problem for any celebrant dealing with photographers treating a wedding like a studio shoot.  They are there to get married, not to feed the photographer with photos. Horse/cart. If the vicar says "no photos during the service", that's that. Its not sour grapes, its born from the experience of the many, many turdwits who don't know how to behave.


He isn't in a church though, he is in a garden and there was no flashes that I could see.

Also I did have a read of the comments - the photographer apparently did ask where was ok to shoot/not shoot and the minister only said "please don't stand on the aisle"
The couple presumably made a sizeable "dontation" to the church in exchange for the ministers time, they also paid for the photographers to capture their day so for the minister to say the day was about GOD is quite amusing.  So really the minister was being employed (in the round about way people who apparently do things for the *good* are). 

Would it piss me off if I was the minister? possibly but I also understand that the photographer was HIRED by the couple to capture what should be the most special day of their lives, would I want to ruin the mood and threaten to stop the ceremony because a photographer was doing his job and taking pictures? - no.. If he was THAT against it then surely he could have told the photographer to "move" before the wedding actually started rather than creating a scene. 

What if the photographer was to say to the minister "can you get out the way you are ruining my shot?" - oh no wait that would be really bad because we are supposed to respect these "people" like they are on a different world to the rest of us. Aye it might have pissed the minister off but the way he reacted was pretty distasteful and not very discrete.


Posted 20 Sep 2013
Edited by Chrissie_Red 20 Sep 2013
MG
Photographer
MG
I filmed a wedding last week and was told that I was not allowed to film any of the ceremony at all. Right from walking down the aisle to signing the register. No photographs either! Bit of a waste of money from the bride and grooms point of view. My camera did switch it's self on a few times by accident
Posted 20 Sep 2013
MG

I filmed a wedding last week and was told that I was not allowed to film any of the ceremony at all. Right from walking down the aisle to signing the register. No photographs either! Bit of a waste of money from the bride and grooms point of view. My camera did switch it's self on a few times by accident


Lucky you weren't caught or you might have had a stern telling off from the big man

Thankfully my wedding wont be a religious one and the venue etc all know I'm going to have a photographer at every table :-P parts will be like a photo session

Posted 20 Sep 2013
Photoimager
Photographer
Photoimager
It is 'photographers' who have no respect for the sanctity of the ceremony that have caused the problems for the rest of us. Before the 'digital age' opened photography up this did not happen.

Posted 21 Sep 2013
mph
Photographer
mph
[qt][author]Photoimager[/author] It is 'photographers' who have no respect for the sanctity of the ceremony that have caused the problems for the rest of us. Before the 'digital age' opened photography up this did not happen.[/qt] Well - I was at a wedding nearly 40 years ago where the vicar made the sign of the cross at the end of blessing the couple and the photographer shouted from the back of the church "Missed that Vic, can you do it again?" - and he did. I think it was film!
Posted 21 Sep 2013
w4pictures
Photographer
w4pictures
MG

I filmed a wedding last week and was told that I was not allowed to film any of the ceremony at all. Right from walking down the aisle to signing the register. No photographs either! Bit of a waste of money from the bride and grooms point of view. My camera did switch it's self on a few times by accident


I had this too a couple of weeks ago. Frustrating thought it is, its hard to blame a vicar for not wanting to introduce a distraction to the service and I imaging it will become more common. This particular vicar told me, with a glint of steel in her eye, that she had thrown a photographer out of the church for non-compliance.

I had a brief thought of clamping a camera and triggering it remotely but when do you get the time to do that in a wedding? So, on this accasion, I managed to wheel the happy couple back into the church for a few seconds to get a quick shot of the ring and kiss - not ideal but something for the album.

I don't think it matters whether inside or out, Chrissie. And its not only the celebrant who finds the distraction unwelcome. I've heard comments from bride, groom and guests dismayed at the behaviour of some photographers. Sometimes you get a videographer, an assistant and maybe a couple of photographers at a big wedding and the end result is like some sort of media scrum.
Posted 21 Sep 2013
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